How Chris Van Riel Makes His Amazing Photos of Flying Dogs

“Dogs express themselves with body language, and movement is their voice,” beams Dutch photographer Chris Van Riel about the furry four-legged friends he often photographs. Dubbed the Ninja Dog Photographer in photography circles, he takes pics of canines catching frisbees in mid-air. Chris tells us it’s not just about a fast shutter speed, and he breaks down a few of the tricks he uses to get these stunning frames.

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Khadejeh Nikouyeh Gradually Fell in Love with Sports Photojournalism

“I had no excuse and I wanted to make her proud,” says North Carolina photojournalist Khadejeh Nikouyeh. Referencing the touching moment she remembered her late mother and registered for a college photojournalism program, she remembers the sacrifices her parents made for her. The fine art photography program she signed up for five years ago didn’t fit well with her. A handful of jobs filled her life until she decided to get back to college to honor her mother’s desire. That was probably the best decision she had made in her life. An opportunity to shoot a professional high school football game gave her a first taste of sporting action from the sidelines. But it’s the emotion and drama off the field that she loves photographing the most.

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5 Awesome Examples of Creative Photography to do When Bored!

Photographers seldom get bored. But when they do, they turn to their cameras and creative mind to soothe their boredom. It’s a perk of being a creative. There’s always something you can do to entertain yourself. This article looks at a round-up of photographers that worked on some creative photography that’s both fun and inspiring, keeping themselves entertained in the process.

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Remote Cameras Help Sports Photographers Get Into the Action

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough,” said the legendary Hungarian-American war photographer and photojournalist Robert Capa. I’m also of the staunch opinion that to get better images, you need to be where the action is. But sometimes, especially at sporting events, there are umpteen locations considered off-limits for security and safety purposes. The technology offered by remote trigger manufacturers greatly simplifies things for photographers. Getting remote cameras to successfully trigger still comes with their own challenges and tribulations.

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Ugnė Vedeckytė Captures the Meaning of Parkour in this Amazing Series

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“Yes. For me, this movement is purely about a very close community,” says action photographer Ugnė Vedeckytė. She continues, “it’s about street culture and our instincts: the need for self-realization, challenging ourselves, and our need to constantly move.” In her latest series, Vedeckytė aimed to communicate all that Parkour is through a range of action-filled images. It’s something a little different from what we’re used to, partially because of the fisheye effect. Naturally, we were excited to share it with you. So lock yourself in, and don’t worry about jumping off any walls or rooftops. This interview will give you all the thrill and adrenaline you need!

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Greg Bowl Takes Into the Unique and Mysterious World of Pro Wrestling

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In the early days of professional wrestling, few people knew the truth about it. Back then, the people in the arenas believed what the promotions were telling them. There was a good guy and a bad guy: both would fight it out in the ring. But photographer Greg Bowl got to see behind the curtain. The intimate access the wrestling promotions gave him let him understand the realities of an industry that was always hidden behind kayfabe. Allowing us to go back to the 70s, Bowl shares his professional wrestling images, as well as the rich history and stories behind them.

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These Cameras Make Action and Sports Photography Easy for Everyone

These speedy Mirrorless cameras make sports, wildlife, and any action photography as easy as 1,2,3.

Sports and action photography have been hard to master for many. Being able to anticipate the action and keep subjects in focus can be very challenging. These photography genres are now easier than ever, thanks to Mirrorless cameras and their autofocus systems. Now, you can rely on your camera to lock on and track subjects without missing a beat. You’d think you would have to spend big sums of money to get these cameras. You can, but don’t have to. After the break, we will look at three cameras at various price points that make action and sports photography easy.

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Review: Sony A9 II (It Has Everything the Modern Pro Could Ever Need)

The Sony a9 II is every bit of a flagship camera, and honestly, it makes any type of photography easy.

Sony, as usual, made huge waves when they first introduced the a9 in 2017. They entered the sports market that had been dominated by both Canon and Nikon for decades, and they staked their claim as a serious player in this field. Fast forward a few years as we now have the Sony a9 II. Sony’s a9 II is a huge camera for them. Not only will it be the camera they want to push on professional sports photographers during the Olympics, which will be in their own back yard in 2020, but it’s also the camera that will need to go up alongside the new Canon 1DX III and the Nikon D6. Does the Sony a9 II have enough about it to take the gold medal? Let’s find out in our review.

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Jason Halayko Shoots with Passion for Action

All images and words by Jason Halayko. Used with permission.

My name is Jason Halayko, and I am a Canadian-born photographer who is now based in Tokyo, Japan. I have been doing photography for around 20 years (since many hours of time in the high school darkroom) and have been doing it as a full professional for the last 3 years. The main types of photography that do would be action sports, portraits, street photography, event photography, etc. I personally really love shooting action photography and working with the crazy athletes that take their sports to the extreme edge and even beyond at many times. This is what I am best known for as a photographer, and especially for my work with Red Bull here in Japan over the last 10 years.

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Christopher Beauchamp Showcases Inspiring Adventure Sports Photography

All images by Christopher Beauchamp. Used under a Creative Commons license. 

Adventure sports are not for the faint-hearted considering the fair amount of risks and danger that come with great height, speed or stunts. Therefore to be great photographer in this genre, it is crucial to have a genuine passion in adventure sports. Christopher Beauchamp has shown inspiring examples of great adventure sports photography in his latest portfolio.

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Expert Tips for More Powerful Action Photography

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This is a syndicated blog post from Format Magazine. Its contents are being used with exclusive permission. All images used with permission from Format. Story by Jillian Groening. Lead image by Diego Texera

Whether you’re shooting sports, live music, or dance, this advice from movement-focused photographers will help improve your action shots.

The ability to capture movement in a still image is one of the most exciting aspects of photography—and maybe one of the hardest to master. A careful combination of gear settings, experience, talent, timing, the laws of physics, and a bit of luck need to come together to make the perfect motion shot a reality.

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Getting Into the Action with Sports Photographer Michael Clark

Michael Clark Interview 1

All photos taken by and used with permission from Michael Clark.

In sports and action photography, it’s almost always the subject themselves – the athletes – that get all the glory. Rarely do the men behind lens, who in actuality get into the action themselves, get any recognition for the exhilerating shots they capture. So for this month, we here at the Phoblographer are seeking to give the floor to the sports photographers, without whom the best and greatest moments in sports would never be documented.

We recently chatted with sports photographer Michael Clark, whose work has been featured in several photography magazines including Outdoor Photographer and Digital Photo Pro, to get  insights on what it’s like to be a one.

Read his interview after the jump.

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Red Bull Announces Action & Adventure Sports Images of the Year 2013

Lorenz Holder, Red Bull Illume 2013 Overall Winner, with winning photograph in background

Lorenz Holder, Red Bull Illume 2013 Overall Winner, with winning photograph in background

At a ceremony held in Hong Kong today, Red Bull announced the winners of the 2013 Red Bull Illume action & adventure sport photography contest. Among the finalists were photographers from all over the world–the overall winner, however, was Lorenz Holder from Germany. For his picture of a snowboarder riding a giant satellite dish, Holder was awarded, among other things, a brand new Leica S medium format DSLR camera. The ten category winners were each awarded a Leica X2 camera. After the ceremony, the top 50 images were unveiled along Hong Kong’s Avenue of Stars, each on its own 6 ft by 6 ft light box.

The top ten finalist images can be found after the break.

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